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with us and of course reverend as well and with your busy schedule to be here and pastor thank you for being here as well and mr. pappas on behalf of the interfaith council and working with me and our hope to reduce and eliminate violence in our city. we have a ways to go. i did not deliberately prepare a speech because it's not about speeches. i want to also continue to express my very strong personal sentiments about violence in our city and what we can do about it. many of you have heard from me in the past several weeks in various other events where i've expressed
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that sentiment. before city agencies and before community leaders that i was not satisfied about what we were doing to prevent violence. yes. i did think about and talk about a lot of people across the country and other may ares about the mayors about the stop and frisk program and was admonishd and advised there could be a better direction in the same effort of reducing effort -- violence in our city. >> >> you often heard me even in the reflection of the great success that our city is feeling on the eve of having a major sports team win the world series or now a football team that has become very successful and certainly a basketball team that desires to come here and create jobs and make strong commitments to our communities, even in the
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face of all these technology companies that are coming here and helping us uplift our economy, even within that success, you hear me talking about the people who aren't getting those jobs, the people who are making decisions everyday in our streets, in our community, and i will not be mincing words -- it is in the bay view. in in the visitation valley. it is in the mission where their dispute resolution is at the end of a gun and this is the way they're talking. this is the way they're dealing with each other and then with anybody who attempts to interfere with that. you have heard me say even with the success of all of our departments and everything that they're doing i can't give a job to a dead youth no matter what we do, and so i can have the best training programs. i can have a high number of jobs
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available. eric mcdonald and i can create 10,000 jobs in the summer, but if our youth are resolving their differences with the point of a gun or the end of a knife those jobs are never going to be available to them. how do we interrupt that violence? i cannot put it all on our police department. they know that and i know that, and we speak the truth to each other. i've never been speeching with the police. it's all about what really works out there and what can they do, and how can they present themselves in the most humane way? i've had those discussions with our law enforcement agencies, whether it's bill silverman or adult probation with wendy stills or the youth programs with karen onion and marie sue
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scprts running the youth programs or our police chief or our fire chief or any of the numerous other leaders, and they all know they can have the best programs as well, but if the people who are doing the violence aren't reached those programs are half backed. they're not as good. i wouldn't throw them all out, but they're not good enough because people still live in fear in our housing projects, wherever they maybe in the housing developments or the run down 10aments that we have that we will attempt to rebuild and you heard me again. it's not about the brick and mortar. it's not rebuilding the physical structures of that. we will do that. we have the money to do that. we have the resources to do that, but it has been about hope sf, about rebuilding lives and giving hope first before we
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put the bricks and mortar in because if we don't have people believing they have a non violent world to live in it doesn't matter the jobs we have, the number of training programs we have, the number of programs i fund or not fund it's all of a wasted disagreement, so i have been having these honest discussions with the religious leaders because i can't mince words when at night i get the text about another 22 year old black male found dead with gunshot wounds every other night. then it just -- whatever you're doing you ask yourself does it make sense what i am doing? do i have my priorities right? so today we asked that as many of the clergy attend today with the special opportunity with someone who i
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have admired the whole of my professional life, if not my whole life, reverend jackson has been an inspiration to me in everything he has done. i grew up knowing who this man is, and what he represents and the struggles he went through to have a national conversation in every major city and he's going to tell you about other things going on. perhaps even worse than san francisco or oakland or san jose, but i can't rest on the lores that we might be better in employment. we might be better not having that many homicides but we lost a lot of the african-american community in the last 10-20 years. we lost the redevelopment agency that gave a lot of promises. i am trying
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to keep those promises, but i've got to find more and better ways to interrupt the violence, and i want today to register a personal appeal to our religious leaders to help me do that, find ways. i suspect it's not about money. it's not about numbers of jobs. it's about who we talk about and who we relate to, and how can we penetrate barriers or vacuums where there is no conversations going on? how do we talk to kids that don't have a mother or father? who are they talking with? how do we talk with their aunts or grandparents or brothers or sisters and tell them that we care and get them into a conversation with us. how about putting down the guns? what is it that they need from us to assure them that we have a safe
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passage for them to be dealing with us? this is what has been on my mind, and even though i helped articulate this new program called "ipo" interrupt violence. predict criminal activity before it happens, but the most important part of the program is the "o" and it's the link between community and government. how do we organize between ourselves to build the trust and the confidence that we have some answers for people who are committing that violence out there. how do we do that? we have to organize better in our communities and i am willing to spend as much time as it takes to do better. that's why today it's not about the 49ers playing at candlestick. it's about us being here and we're all
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concerned. i can see your faces. you share that sentiment everyday you hear about another homicide, murder, another wasted life and it isn't just the numbers. i care about every single one of them. i think if i had that 20 year old in my office -- if there was a space and time that i could talk to that person what would we say to each other? would we share the history of the families or look at each other and there is nothing to talk about? i do what i need to do to survive and do you that. these are the things i am struggling with. i wanted to let you know that and i am greatly appreciative to the interfaith council because you have been hearing this from me a little bit now and we have to get deeper and that's why i am so pleased to join reverend
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jackson yet again in this city. we have been a city of hope for so many other cities throughout the country, but we also struggle ourselves. we have the same problems, and we've got to i think produce models that potentially have answers for everybody else, so i will continue talking about this. it is part of who i am. it's the part of me that keeps me focused on what i have to do in this city, and just because we win a world series that we have technology companies coming in that will not allow me to rest. that is not something i say makes me so happy. i am happy if every community in the city experiences the hope that others have in the city and you can't do that if you have a lot of violence so thank you very much for being here today and i invite you to continue dialoguing with us and consider this yet another beginning of
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this effort that we will continue on and on. thank you. [applause] >> thank you mr. mayor. let me pause here just before we bringure our next speaker and presenter to acknowledge each of the members of clergy and faith leaderships, so if you're here and a part of clergy or faith leadership if you would stand please. [applause] >> thank you so much. again the mayor has declared and is committed to engaging faith community as part of this set of strategies so with that there aren't any faith leaders in our community that stand larger than our pastor of third baptist, the president of the san francisco chapter of the naacp and grateful for his leadership in
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all of the issues surrounding san francisco. please welcome pastor amos. >> [applause] >> thank you. mr. eric mcdonald, the moving spirit behind this initiative today, to all the memorable leaders of the city and county of san francisco gathered here, to reverend michael paf pappas serves as
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the executive director of the interface council, reverend mr. joseph bryant, pastor of cal vory hill and the chairperson of the rainbow push coalition of this region, mr. mayor, ladies and gentlemen, i rise to present the keynote person to speak for this press conference. i think i could best get at the task by doing what i did in elementary
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school. my teacher called on us invablable to do what they call "show and tell". you don't talk about anything unless you could first show something. it was back in september when i had the privilege of being a delegate at the democratic national convention, and on that monday preceding the convention african-american faith leaders gathered at the historic friendship baptist church of charlotte north carolina. the guest speaker was dr. calvin bust, pastor of the great
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absiddian church of new york where he succeeded his father as pastor and was the first black from new york to serve in the u.s. congress, and got over 67 bills passed through congress including title seven, head start, national student loan program, but that preacher dr. butts had lifts us to the seventh heaven with his oratory and after the service was over as i followed the platform party out to the foyer of that great cathedral there i looked up and i beheld a beautiful quilt at
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the center of many other quilts that the quilting ministry of friendship church had put on display, and when i saw that quilt that caught my eye i said to the pastor "dr. clifford jones, i want that quilt. i want that quilt ." dr. jones says "it's yours". when he took me to the car the limousine was there waiting for me and before i close the door i looked at him again and i said "dr. jones i want that quilt". he said "i told you it's yours. i will
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have my secretary mail it to you .". two weeks later package appeared in my office. my secretary pearl said "here's a package here for you". i looked and saw it was from friendship church, and i opened it and low and behold there was my beautiful quilt, and when i opened it the quilt that i was told that was mine had on top of it a bill for $800. and as i looked at that beautiful quilt that cost me $800 i said there
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is a moral to this experience. whatever you want in this life you can't just talk about wanting it. you got to pay the price for it. [applause] i'm delighted to present my friend, the reverend dr. jackson who i have known as a friend for 51 years. we have traveled around the world in brazil and africa. we were there when mr. mandala was release friday prison. we have gone. >> >> congress. we have gone before great enemies even to plead for justice for all peoples but i present to you a preacher of the gospel. a
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faith leader who knows that there is no lasting peace at all unless you pay the price for peace by working the things that make the peace in a community. jesse jackson has been the needle. he has been the thread through the agency of rainbow push coalition pulling together all of these broken fabrics of society in order that we might hope for, look for, and look for eternalally a better society in which we will be no more beset with bigotry and classicism and racism and all of the ism's that tear the very
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fabric of society. he has paid the price for freedom. he has paid the price for peace. he has paid the price for social betterment. i present to you a better that knows how to pay the price for a beautiful quilt, peace in san francisco with jobs, with quality education and jobs and surl celebration and bring to you jesse jackson who will speak to you and how we pay the price for peace in this city. [applause] >> amos, are you presenting me with the quilt? i want my
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quilt. i want my quilt. i am delighted to be here with you today. so many years ago i met -- dr. king and i went to minnesota and reverend amos was then pastoring in minnesota before the snow chased him to san francisco and knew dr. king and his father and had a class in moore house of seven students. dr. brown and members of the class and knew them before and before then and he brings a lean yaj of struggle to the table every time he
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speaks with tremendous morale authority and stroke couldn't stop him for fight wg great power. [applause] i want to thank mayor ed lee for convening the family. for all the times we think of leading from the front. often you lead from the center. you have the power to convene the family, to look at a family crisis and think it through, and it figure it out, and if we can get out of our own's self way we might find solutions to a problem that is multi-faceted. i want to thank pastor bryant here who is the spokesman in the state and
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reverend brown and used his zeal and intelligence, his will to fight. he is a preacher, pastor, teacher, musician and a san francisco giant fanatic. [applause] and to all of you here today this issue of violence is a complex and challenging one. no one need to be self rightious about it because there is no instant answer to the things that all of us must. do i am impressed with the religious communities coming together. at least we should know that the issue today is peace is not the absence of noise. it's the
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presence of justice. when there is no justice there is no peace and when there is poverty and pain people search out for a bomb and put off that bomb. the excitement is that we're here today with each other. we at best can reach out to those who are not here because it's not just a matter can be solved with an enlightened church. the killing in kansas city, a football player, his wife and himself. three or 4 nfl players say they carry a gun
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and with basketball players the same. somewhere we're sitting around watching san francisco play miami excited who will win that game. of the tens of thousands that watch those games those role models on the field are not ministers. those athletes have a role to play in diffusing this crisis in our culture. those that do music and art and attract by the thousands. we pay to hear them sing and watch them perform. they must lift their art above deck dance and inspire and something blowing in the wind and can't recycle our worse fears. our nation has become much too violent. we're the
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most violent nation on earth. we make of the most guns and we shoot them. we make the most bombs and we drop them. in this state unions larger than the teacher union and building first class jails and second class schools and [inaudible] stop the problem. each out and convene the family is the first step in the right direction. mr. mayor at this table must be disk jockeys, athletes, artists, ad agencies, all those impacts must find a place at this table. we spent $3 trillion on the war in iraq and it was the wrong target. you spend $3 trillion
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on the budget and tax cut for the wealthiest americans and took their money to the camen islands and not in america and having huge threats and medicaid and medicare and threaten the scpeerns that is violence. number one and must commit ourselves to the ban on assault weapons. we lost about 6,000 americans in iraq in 10 years. lose 30 to 50,000 a home at home. 100,000 are injured and didn't die and the highest cost in any city is the emergency room hospitals in those cities where they're shot. [inaudible] shot by ak47's. we have a lot
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of role in the killing of syria. 9/11 /12 in benghazi. [inaudible] yards away. we must revive the ban on these adult suspects. i don't want to. >> >> >> deemphasize the drug culture and americans and so we have this crisis mr. mayor of plants closing when the cheap labor markets, jobs leaving, drugs and guns coming. that requires a national effort by all of us. while i reach out to you in san francisco those that hear my voice please stop the killing.
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please stop drug flow. please give peace a chance. in this instance means that labor unions, trade unions must open up and provide more training so they can lay a brick. it means that the education system must instill the value of strong minds and that brings strong change. take your child to school. meet your child's teachers. exchange numbers. turn the tv off at night. take a report card every nine weeks and take your child to religious celebration once a week. most of the violence is from the bottom up,

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